ACC Joins Petition Advocating for Removal of California Bar Membership Requirements in California District Court

On February 6, 2018, ACC joined a group of 11 organizations and individuals in a petition to the Northern District Court in California. The group argues that the requirement of membership in the California Bar is overly burdensome and unnecessary for competent practice in federal court, and calls for amendments to Local Rule 11.1(b) which would make eligible for admission an attorney that is “an active member in good standing of the bar of any State, Territory, or the District of Columbia.”

The other parties to the petition are Public Citizen Litigation Group, American Civil Liberties Union, Cato Institute, Center for Constitutional Litigation, Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness, Consumers for a Responsive Legal System, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pacific Legal Foundation, and Public Justice, along with attorneys Robert S. Peck and John Vail.

See the Petition here.